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Realtors understand the importance of first impressions when they show a home to a potential buyer.

They also understand that first impression starts before that customer pulls into the driveway.

Realtor Melinda Laager, with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, said there are many things people look for that go beyond the appearance of a neighborhood even before they get to a prospective home.

Many people do their research to look at the availability and quality of medical services, public schools, public safety, taxes and quality of life.

“A lot of times the ideal location depends on the job,” she said. “It’s less of an issue now because so many people are able to work from home.”

The drive to a prospective home can also make or break a deal, depending on the type of home and location, she said.

“It’s all over the map,” she said. “Some people want solitude. They want the acreage.”

Others want to live in a more urban setting and are looking for homes in downtown Brunswick, where many attractions and activities are within walking distance.

“We are becoming more and more a community-minded town,” Laager said.

A growing number of customers are looking at homes in developments with sidewalks and good drainage.

“I think it’s a real plus,” she said. “They also look at flood zone maps.”

Close proximity to good medical services, quality schools and churches are also selling points that help close a deal.

With all the variables to consider, Laager believes there is such a thing as the perfect home in the wrong location.

Some homes, especially those on marsh-front lots, cannot be fenced. A yard that is too small is also a deal breaker, she said.

“It’s about the pets,” she said.

Older customers don’t want to move into a fixer-upper, she said. Instead, they want an updated home they can move into without it needing a lot of renovations. And the homes that sell the fastest are new construction.

Of course, the beach is a big lure for many people considering a move to the Golden Isles. Many of those folks want to live on the south end of St. Simons Island where they in close proximity to many shops, restaurants and other businesses.

The high demand and lack of inventory are among the obstacles facing many people who would like to move to the Golden Isles.

“The want versus the price is the issue,” she said. “In this market people aren’t as picky because the inventory isn’t there. People here had to adjust and be more flexible.”